March/April 2011
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2011 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2011
As a longtime writer about software for Home Energy, I get asked one question more often than any other: What software do you recommend for companies involved in energy auditing, weatherization, or residential retrofitting? The answer is always the same—it depends on the functions you need. For instance, some companies need modeling software that can produce certified reports, such as HERS certifications or FHA energy-efficient mortgage documents. Other companies may have simpler needs that can be met with basic checklists, like the automated management of thermal bypass inspections. Every company’s requirements are different, and unfortunately, most software applications are not flexible enough to fulfill everyone’s wish list.

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